UPDATE Nov. 12, 9:23 p.m. :
A source told Mark Saxon of ESPN Los Angeles that the Dodgers are “out” on free agent Torii Hunter.
The Los Angeles Dodgers have opened talks with free agent outfielder Torii Hunter.
Mark Saxon of ESPN Los Angeles reported Sunday night that the two-year deal being discussed could be a move to add some depth to left field, should incumbent Carl Crawford’s recovery from elbow surgery carry over into early next season.
Not to mention that the Dodgers have also have made it clear that they would consider trading Andre Ethier as well. A move that would obviously free up some of the $85 million they spent on him this past season.
Ethier’s performance slipped after he signed his contract extension in June, and trying to acquire Hunter suggests that LA is willing to move the outfielder in the right deal.
Hunter, 37, is a nine-time Gold Glove recipient and had a comeback season last year, batting .313 with an .816 OPS.
LA will have some challengers however in its quest for Hunter, as he has also reportedly been in discussions with the deep-pocket New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox, Seattle Mariners and Philadelphia Phillies.